Inspiration - Kidspiration

 
 
A complete "How To" at:-
http://edtech.lisd.k12.mi.us/pd/materials/kidspiration.pdf
This site is a PDF site and need the "PDF" reader/opener at Adobe
 
 
Excellent Resource

http://www.ckicielinski.homestead.com/Inspiration.html

 

 Kidspiration
http://atomiclearning.com/freekidsmac.shtml?811;1048821705

 Story Boards
http://atomiclearning.com/freestoryboard.shtml?914;1048821713

Some samples and ideas to use.
http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~ptk1nc/kidspired2002/samples.html

Some graded ideas and activities in various subject levels
http://www.carteretcountyschools.org/staffdev/kids/kidsact.htm

Some more activities and graded
http://lakelandschools.org/EDTECH/Inspir.htm

Some templates
http://www.strategictransitions.com/samplekidspirationtemplates.htm

http://www.globalclassroom.org/together/kidspiration.html

Templates, tutorials, resource
http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/kidspiration.htm

 

I am currently trialling a Digital Portfolio system based on Inspiration - after review I preferred it to other options as it is simple to start up and allows the teacher to develop a template initially.  AS students become more proficient they can personalise it.  Because it is based on a visual layout, with pictures and symbols, many children who are ESL or struggling can also have great results.  There is great room for extension as well.
The final product can be converted and saved as html. Which then can be used on an intranet or internet, as well as copied to a CD with browser interface.
A very elementary sample is at:-

http://www.virtualteacher.com.au/teachtool.html
Under Templates heading/ Digital portfolios.

 Kidspiration - Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Kidspiration Lessons     http://www.canby.k12.or.us/Technology/Integration/kidspiration/kidspiration.html

This PDF file has lots of ideas for Kidspiration teachers can use
http//summit.k12.co.us-SummitTechnlogyTechnologyImages/KIDSPIRATION.pdf

Graphic Organizer  - an index of a variety of graphic organisers

 Kidspiration Interactive Demo See first hand how Kidspiration® 2 helps K-5 students think, write and comprehend!

 
 Theory
http://www.observetory.com/conceptmappingvs1.htm
Projects on knowledge management & visualization, tools.
 
 Wayne
 April 2003

 
Update Dec 2004

 

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